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we're back now with more of "today" on this tuesday morning, the 5th of january, 2010. as has been our habit for the last half hour or so, we start our li shot with a shot of fulton, new york, in the upstate where they have received four feet of snow on the ground. i guilted our own jeff rossen into doing some shoveling. >> finally. >> he finally got the message and he's out there helping some homeowners. jeff, how's it feel? >> reporter: manual labor, matt. usually, i'm used to just
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getting you coffee in the morning. this is the most manual labor i've done in a long time. >> well, you're doing very well. you really are. just remember, use your legs, okay? >> that's right. >> and you know, you might want to do the door for them. >> reporter: there you go. >> because they can't get out of the house until you get there. >> reporter: i know. have you seen that? look at this. >> we've seen jeff's report. he's done some shoveling before, so he's used to this. >> oh, man! >> that just means we love you, jeff. >> jeff, by the way, those people aren't home. anyway, we'll check with them a little later. >> they're on vacation, somewhere in tropical weather. >> exactly. out on the plaza in new york city, matt lauer along with natalie morales and al roker. >> so mean. >> and truth in advertising, our large crowd has dwindled to a hardy dozen or so. >> a real hardy dozen. good job, guys. >> this woman is here because she's stuck to the ground. that's how cold it is here. anyway, coming up, barbara corcoran. i love this segment. she scoured the country for the best real estate deals.
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she's going to talk about some houses that i think angeles than $100,000. >> top ten places again. >> amazing. that's a lot of house for that. >> that's right. only fifth day of the new year. of course, top of everybody's list is eating more healthy, trying to get in shape. david zinczenko is here, the man behind "eat this, not that." he's going to show us some healthy and inexpensive ways -- in fact, he agrees -- inexpensive wavenys to eat righn the new year. plus, tiger woods revealed. this morning we're getting a first look at some never-before-seen photos in "vanity fair" this morning, causing quite a stir of tiger woods. we'll show you that and sort through all the divorce rumors. >> these taken by annie leibovitz, an amazing photographer. before we go any further, let's go inside to ann at the news desk. >> good morning once again, matt, and all of you this morning. airline terrorism dominates president obama's schedule today. he is to meet with top security and intelligence officials, then announce new safeguards. meantime, this was supposed to
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be the day for enhanced screening for travelers heading to the united states, but there is some evidence that some countries have been slow to make the changes. it is another bone-chilling day of bitter cold from nebraska to florida in the northeast, to the northeast, and in some places, deep snow is adding to the problems. let's now go back to nbc's jeff rossen in fulton, new york, for details on this. hey, jeff, good morning. >> reporter: hey, ann, good morning to you. i stopped shoveling for a minute to tell you about this. you know, they're used to big snowstorms in upstate new york, but nothing like this. it's been three years since they've seen this much snow, 52 inches in the past nine days. and it has not stopped snowing since just after christmas, ann. you know, the problem here is that it keeps on drifting around and the problem is also the cold, not only here in the east, but in the midwest and in the south as well. i know, it's winter, but even for january this is cold and snowy. keep trying.
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you can't escape it. >> when your eyelashes start to freeze, you know it's a bad sign. >> unless you're planning to move, you've got to deal with it as best as you can. >> well, by the end of six days, i'll be glad for it to go. i'll be ready for some warm weather again. >> reporter: what's so striking is how widespread this is. today, more than half the country, 35 states, will see temperatures well below average. schools are closed across arkansas. ice jams are flooding neighborhoods near chicago. and there is frostbite in fargo. this teenager went outside barefoot. you can't do that when it's below zero. just ask the weather channel's mike seidel in minneapolis. >> reporter: with the wind hitting this side of my face and that 25-below-zero windchill, it felt like somebody had a propane torch right here. the whole side of my face was on fire. it was burning and cracking. and as i inhaled, i could feel ice crystals forming on the edge of my nose. >> reporter: in florida, the citrus crops are in danger of frosting. >> it's the worst year i've seen as a professional.
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it was 17 degrees in arcadia for eight or nine hours, which is devastating. >> reporter: think that's bad? try getting married on the beach like this couple in sarasota. seemed like a good idea when they planned it. >> i didn't think i would be any more ready to just get the wedding over with, and i was wrong because it's so cold. so -- >> it should look good in the pictures, though. >> reporter: yeah, that's what he cares about, the pictures. it is picturesque, of curourse, until you have to live in this. i'm not standing right now, ann, in a snow drift or a big pile of snow. this is actually somebody's front lawn. once again, 52 inches on the ground here in fulton, new york, ann, and there is more expected today. >> well, get out of it as soon as you can, jeff. thanks so much for your report this morning. >> reporter: thanks, ann. in alabama, mailed envelopes containing white powder triggered scares in five cities on monday and shut down two federal courthouses. no one was injured. the letters were sent to offices of senators and congressmen. the letters tested negative for anthrax. a united airlines pilot
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pleaded guilty today in britain for showing up for a flight from london to chicago above the alcohol limit for pilots. irwin washington of lakewood, colorado, was arrested last november just minutes before his flight. he will be sentenced next month. and the secret service says that there is a third uninvited guest at a white house state dinner in november in addition to tareq and michaele salahi. officials say an uninvited man arrived at the dinner with the indian delegation. the secret service says the man did not get close to the president or the first lady. it is now six minutes past the hour. let's go back outside to matt and al. >> i'll do it quickly. here's al. >> thank you very much. let's take a look, show you what's going on. go to the maps. thank you. jet stream mode! new arctic outbreak coming in. jet stream is well down to the south. even florida, as jeff mentioned, causing some big problems. for today you can see temperatures in the teens and 20s, well below zero up in the plains. for tomorrow, those zero and below readings spread out and start working their way east and
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south so that by the time >> more of the same as far as the weather goes. light flurries out there this morning. the upper teens for the wind chills. 32 to the decline is the actual temperature >> that's your latest weather. now back to natalie. >> i'll take it. thank you, al. well, tiger woods still nowhere to be found, but this morning, a newly released photo shows the golfing great as you've never seen him before. nbc's peter alexander has the details. peter, good morning. >> natalie, good morning to you. it is undoubtedly the most revealing photo we have ever seen of tiger woods.
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it was shot four years ago but is only now being released for the first time. here he is, as you will see, bare-chested, pumping iron, certainly a far cry from the family-friendly image that helped him become an international icon. it's an intimate view of tiger woods that most of his fans have never seen. the embattled superstar, usually sporting polo shirts, stripped down for celebrity photographer annie leibovitz, looking more like a bodybuilder than a champion golfer. >> it does not help him, but on the flip side, maybe it's a new image for tiger. you know, that squeaky clean image was not him. >> reporter: the racy photo shoot took place in january of 2006, long before woods acknowledged breaking his marriage vows to wife elin. the raw and unguarded look at golf's biggest star published for the first time in february's edition of "vanity fair." as leibovitz told the magazine's website, "tiger is an intensely competitive athlete and quite serious about his sport. i wanted to reveal that in these photos and to show his incredible focus and dedication."
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woods' wife elin, on the other hand, has apparently dedicated herself to the couple's two kids, spotted this saturday pulling 2-year-old daughter samantha and 10-month-old son charlie in a red wagon outside the family's windermere, florida, mansion. >> elin, we support you! >> elin had just returned from celebrating her 30th birthday in a luxurious french ski chateau with family and friends, but without tiger. >> forgive him. >> reporter: she's reportedly contemplating divorce. one british tabloid even claims elin has hired a private investigator to find out just how much money her husband is really worth. after reportedly joking at friends that her christmas present from him was $300 million. roughly half what he earned in the time they were together. >> she may be entitled to half of it. she's not only been a good wife, but she's been a humiliated wife. the pi should be able to follow the money trail. he's not in any elicit business. it's all there. >> reporter: woods' fortune is
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already taking a hit. after five years together, at&t recently announced its separation from the tarnished star. >> the reality is, he's got one shot to do a mea culpa and say i am sorry, i realize i ruined my life. i'm going to do whatever it takes to get it right, but there can't be any more shoes dropping afterwards. >> reporter: meanwhile, woods is getting some unsolicited advice about redemption from fox news anchor rick. >> the extent to which he can recover seems to me based on his faith. he's said to be a buddhist. i don't think that faith offers forgiveness and redemption like the christian faith, so my message would be, tiger, turn to the christian faith and you can make a total recovery. >> reporter: nearly six weeks since his bizarre accident, woods' whereabouts are just as mysterious as the crash itself. depending which celebrity blog you read, tiger woods is on a boat in the bahamas, in rehab in arizona for sex addiction, on the florida coast with one of his mistresses or in new york city enjoying new years. and the latest possible tiger den, africa.
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tmz reports immediately after the accident woods said he was off to a friend's estate in africa to escape from public view. so, we know there has been at least one confirmed tiger sighting since then. nbc news has learned just four days after his crash, the florida highway patrol met woods and his lawyer at an undisclosed location in orlando to deliver his ticket and to see if he had any injuries that might not be consistent with that traffic accident. natalie? >> all right, peter alexander, thank you. and with some insight and more on the new photo and the woods marriage, i'm joined by courtney hazlett, who writes "the scoop" column on msnbc.com and robi ludwig is a psychotherapist. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> courtney, let's talk about that photo first for the cover of "vanity fair," photos taken by annie leibovitz inside, a tiger woods like we've never seen before, shirtless, glaring into the camera. people are saying this is the side of tiger that none of us really knew. were there glimpses into this personality? >> there were definitely glimpses into this personality.
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even when those photos were taken in 2006. tiger woods is the type of golfer so elusive his entire career. he was a master at a press conference, talk for 20 minutes and say absolutely nothing. the tiger we all knew has been there all along, and the fact that "vanity fair" has photos shot in 2006 seems to -- >> i'm wondering why now. >> -- seem to answer that question. this is a very elusive man with more than one side to him. >> and yesterday we were talking about the marriage and elin, there were photos of her taken over the new year's eve holiday and she was seen wearing her ring out on a european vacation in the alps. now there's some questions as to whether or not that's her twin sister. whether you're wearing the wedding ring or not -- >> she is very focused on the perception in public. and what a great time to have a twin. she says she's working on it. sources close to the family say they're not ruling out a
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reconciliation, making a way in their lives to have this marriage work. so, if those are rings, it's a very clear message. >> all right. and robi, speaking of reports of reconciliation, one can't even begin to imagination what's going through elin's mind right now -- >> right. >> but in your work with counseling with couples who have gone through infidelity and all that -- >> well, couples can work through that. >> given that, this is multiple infidelities and it was clear that tiger had some sort of relationship that was beyond sexual with them. >> right. >> what does that tell you about their marriage? >> well, it's very difficult. and also, she must feel so humiliated. and i think when a wife, especially in public, it's revealed that her husband is cheating multiple times, the woman doesn't want to feel like a door mat, but this is what we know about people who cheat multiple times. they usually have a flaw in their character and they want what they want when they want it, and usually, cheating works for them on some psychological level. so, it's much harder for that kind of person to stop. having said that, if you're motivated to make a change and be in a marriage in a very
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different kind of way, people do do it, or in some cases, they can't, and the wives of high-profile men say, you know what, being a mrs. tiger woods is like a job and this is part of my job, to deal with a person who does this and i'll deal with perks in the relationship in a different kind of way. >> can the marriage be saved, then, having said all of that? is that one of those things where it is partly a job? >> well, in part, and marriage is in part like a job. but if she can understand where her husband is coming from and he can be a little bit more transparent and be willing to reveal what he's doing so that he is a more trustworthy type of person, they can get through this and weave this into the story of their lives, but it depends on what kind of marriage they both want to have. >> i was going to say, you have to know the foundation of their marriage to begin with. >> that's true. >> or whether he just married her as a facade to support this persona. >> right. >> right when tiger was winning his first career grand slam, when the announcers speak about
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his achievements, they would say all that's missing is a family, something to ground him. there were messages that didn't have to do with golf being put out there. and you have to wonder, like you said, part of the big picture. >> we're out of time now, but we'll be following up. courtney hazlett, robi ludwig, thank you both. coming up, helping your high school seniors stand out from the pack during the all-important college interview. but up next, the top ten cities to find real estate bargains, right after this. you're sad. you have no energy. maybe you feel guilty or anxious, changes in weight, sleep, and appetite, and the aches and pains. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a prescription medication that treats many symptoms of depression. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens, you have unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin,
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♪ this morning on "today's real estate," buying a home doesn't have to break the bank. you've heard it before, now's the time to buy, but if you have no idea where to begin, well, "today's" real estate expert, who else? barbara corcoran is here with her top ten cities to find the best value. barbara, good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> now, your criteria is very instructive, because not only were you looking at size and value, which are some of the things we would normally look at, you also looked at factors like job growth and also where home prices have increased in the past year. that's interesting. >> well, they're very important factors. everyone likes to get a good deal on a house, a cheap price, but if you're buying in a market where it's still falling, it doesn't make sense, or in a market where you can't get a job or a good school. so, these are each places that fill out that criteria. >> thanks for doing all the homework for us -- >> my pleasure. >> -- because you've found ten cities with great bargains. first in south bend, indiana, for just $89,000. >> and prices have been rising steadily for almost a full year now. >> the median price.
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>> and still, the median price is only half of what it is in the rest of the nation. that's an enormous difference, a lot of house for the dollars, and the cost of living is a whopping 29% lower than anywhere else. >> a three-bedroom victorian. how much is that going for? >> pretty, pretty, pretty. that's $90,000. a creampuff of a house, in great condition. >> wow. moving on to akron, ohio, you also like this area. the median price there is 10% less than its 2007 peak, so there are deals to be had. >> there are deals to be had and it's not the old rubber capital of the world akron used to be known as. very importantly, they have research, financial and high-tech businesses movg in and jobs are easy to get in akron. >> and this house, $108,000. >> a beautiful cape house for only $108,000. that is one big house, and again, in mint condition. >> topeka, kansas, is also on your list, and home prices there have held relatively steady. >> yes, they have, and unlike everywhere else, prices have not gone dow by more than 1%. go figure that one out. but also, the unemployment is only 6% here and it's great
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family area and that's a beautiful two-bedroom cape, only $115,000. >> and there's nothing wrong with it. >> nothing wrong with it. it's pretty on the outside and pretty on the inside. >> also deals in new haven, connecticut. >> new haven, connecticut, people think of it as an expensive area. this is $150,000 for a 1,600-square-foot colonial with a brand new kitchen. and yale there is the largest employer, but it's also this town attracted over $1 billion in investments in the last year from high-tech firms. again, a booming community that's about to spert into a new growth cycle. >> another community you like is tucson, arizona, and because in arizona so many homes have gone into foreclosure. >> well, arizona's been hit the hardest with foreclosures. that's always bad news until you're coming out of them, and that's exactly where tucson is now. the foreclosures for the most part are behind it, the city is reinventing itself. at one time, 1 in 93 households were in foreclosure. that's not the way anymore and the population there is growing aggressively. over a million people live in
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tucson. it's a great city to be in. >> three-bedroom home, you like a lot. >> pueblo style. people like it or don't, but there people love it. >> minneapolis, minnesota, you like as well. prices there have been rising for three quarters, still 20% off their 2006 peak. why is minneapolis on your list? >> well, this particular house is two blocks from an award-winning private school as well as public school, so you have your choice. this is a mint condition house, a starter home, but you'd better like snow and your kids better like it because they get 50 inches a year. >> okay. portland, maine, also snow there. >> snowy, but believe it or not, not quite as much, and portland is ranked as one of the safest and culturally fascinating places in the u.s. the people there are friendly, hard-working, hard-playing, great cultural life, music scene happening there. this, again, is a beautiful little house for a young family. >> still deals in miami. >> of course, miami. people think why buy there? i'll give you a few reasons why
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miami, now is the time. first off, in this particular house, it looks like a small house. it's not. don't judge it by its cover. it's a four-bedroom with french doors, ceramic tile floors. a year ago in miami, prices were 42% off the high of a few years ago and now only 24% off the high. so, what's happening is this market is recovering and recovering fast. great time to buy a house there. >> even in kingston, new york, just a couple hours outside of the city. >> very much so and very north of here. this looks a little bit like a plain jane house again on the outside, but it's totally refinished on the inside. and jobs are very easy here because they're only at 7%, the unemployment rate. >> lastly -- boy, you're talking fast -- trenton, new jersey. >> trenton, new jersey, has the good neighborhoods and the bad neighborhoods. i like trenton because it's halfway between philly and new york, and if you want to put your cash down on the next up-and-coming area, this is a great city to do it in. so, if you're a risk-taker, trenton, new jersey. and look at this house. you get 4 1/2 baths, 7 bedrooms
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for only $289,000. >> barbara corcoran, doing all the homework for us. thank you so much for trying to help us make a deal on our houses. thank you. you can get more information on our website at todayshow.com. and still to come this morning, it's only been in theaters for just a couple weeks and it's already raked in more than $1 billion. of course, we're talking about "avatar." i'm going to catch up with its star, steven lang. at a great price. rage you need hold on, cowboy. cool. i'm not done -- for less than a dollar a month, you also get 24/7 roadside assistance. ght on. yeah, vroom-vroom! sounds like you ran a 500. more like a 900 v-twin. excuse me. well, you're excused. the right insurance for your ride. w, that's progressive. call or click today. love to see kids' spirits shine. superstar and mom, martina mcbride and sunnyd shine on sunny taste. sunny spirit. sunny d.
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coming up, helping your high school senior prepare for those college interviews. plus, cook this, not that. dave zinczenko with healthy inexpensive meals. ring ring ring ring progresso. hi. we love your weight watchers endorsed soups
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that to and from the evidence, at the scene of the murder. >> they did not have enough information to get his dna based on the case. so it went back and looked in their records and found he had been in a speaker -- had been a suspect in another case. >> the judge is expected to rule on the defense motion before the trial begins next week. baltimore county police are asking for your help in finding a teenager who walked away from a hospital last night 19-year- old judge will allow from paxil was last seen around 5:40 -- 90- year-old joshua miller wafrom paxil was last seen around 5:40. officials say that he is emotionally troubled but only poses a threat to himself.
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anyone with information on his whereabouts should call, county police. >> we are going to be variably cloudy again today. we are monitoring some light for the activities of or across the state. -- polite wor -- light south towaclear activity across the s. 38 tomorrow, 35 on thursday. by thursday night, a good chance of snow. >> we will have another update at 9:55.
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♪ so, if you, like a lot of people, vow to lose weight in the new year, and you need a little inspiration, maybe these people can help you, because each one of them has lost half their body weight, dropping nearly 500 pounds combined, all without surgery or pills. we're going to hear their stories and reveal their new looks tomorrow here on "today."
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congratulations to all of them. >> wow. and speaking about getting healthy, our friend david zinczenko is here with healthy ideas. >> you may remember him from the "eat this, not that" series, helping us out. now he's put together a collection of healthy and budget-conscious recipes, plus the five things everybody should have in their pantry. >> those look like chicken fingers. i'm not sure they're healthy, but we'll find out. >> they're the healthy version. also, it's crunch time for high school seniors when it comes to getting into college, so applications need to be done or done soon. but for most people, the daunting part is getting ready for the interviews. so we have someone in the house to help us through that, coming up. also coming up later, piers morgan, the judge from "america's got talent" and britain's got talent," which found, among others, susan boyle, is here sitting in for kathie lee all week. he's always a lot of fun ooms. >> yeah, i like him.
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also, now, we've got a check of the weather with al. >> that's right. >> happy 50th birthday over here, and the tirabaschis are here. for today, we've got the lake-effect snow machine cranking out, bringing the snow through the great lakes, as far south as maryland. we're basically looking at three to six inches of snow. generally, one inch. some areas may pick up a little bit more. got a big storm track coming across, bringing big problems as we move into thursday, friday and coming into all that cold air, bringing snow showers from the mid-atlantic states all the way up into new england. basically, three to six inches of snow. a wider >> when it shall still an issue, although not as bad as yesterday. today a high between 32 and 35. chance of flurries again
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click, call, or come over. h&r block: get it right. it's january, and the college application process is full speed ahead for high school seniors, and on top of all the paperwork and personal essays, there can be the added stress of the admission interviews. kathy cohen is founder of ivywise, which helps students through the application process. good morning. >> good morning. >> i don't remember even getting an interview when i applied for college. maybe that explains why i got in, but is it something all schools are doing or just some
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schools? >> some schools can recommend or require them, but some schools don't offer them at all. nyu and the big ten schools don't offer them, but a school like georgetown requires them. >> if you are offered one, you really say, accept it, do the interview. it's important. >> i do, because it gives a college more information about you and it's an opportunity for you to shine in front of the interviewer. >> okay, so, is it make or break on an application? let's say you do really poorly and you did so terrifically on your s.a.t.s and everything. is it make or break for you? >> it depends. it depends -- for a smaller school, the college interview is going to be more important than a larger school, on average, but usually, interview is not necessarily going to make or break you. they're just going to learn more information about you. >> what -- the big question is what do the interviewers want? what is it that they are looking for when they're interviewing your high school student or you if you're the high school student? >> well, they're trying to get more information about you other than what they're learning in your application. you're going to be somebody's
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roommate at the end of the day and you're going to be adding to the social community on their campus. so, they're trying to get a sense of what you're like, what your personality's like. are you down to earth, are you easy going, are you curious? and they're also trying to get a sense of what you're going to do to make an impact on their campus. so, what you bring to campus with you. >> so, they really want someone who is going to work in their school. they want to make sure that you fit, is that kind of what you mean? >> exactly. they're trying to picture the student on their campus, in the classes, in the activities, you know, how are they going to be participating in that environment? >> okay, so let's look at some of the questions they might ask and find out how you say we should answer those questions. one of the questions they'll surely ask is why do you want to attend our college. >> that's one of the most important questions and the student should research ahead of time. know the courses you want to take, the names of the professors you want to study with, the activities you want to participate in, know about research, internship and study abroad opportunities, even the college traditions, because you
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want to really show how you're going to make an impact on that campus and let that interviewer visualize you there. >> okay, i'm the interviewer, you're the interviewee. what inspires you intellectually? >> this is a good question, trying to get a sense of a student's intellectual vitality. what do you love to learn and what kind of ideas are you going to share with others on campus? you might want to talk about a class you took or a book you read or a project you worked on and why it inspired you to learn more. >> okay. and when they ask the question what do you do for fun, that's not a throwaway question. it's an important question. why? >> it is, and especially at selective schools where they're used to seeing kids with high scores and high grades. they want to know, okay, what else about you? what are you doing with friends or family or on your own, you know, as a hobby? they're looking to create a diverse class. so, you really want to be honest and talk about, okay, this is, you know, what i love to do outside the classroom. >> you know, the other tips i think are also instructive that you have. you say be up on current events. and that's really important. you say read everything you can
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for the last couple of weeks so that you're smart about it. >> exactly. some students are just thinking about what they've done in high school and they might be living in a bubble, so to say. and it's important for them to know what's going on in the world because the interviewer could throw out a question about today's news. >> and you should have questions. >> exactly. you should be interviewing the interviewer. this is your chance to get to know the college better, but prepare some good questions by researching ahead of time. >> are you saying those questions are to impress the interviewer? is it really to get information or really to sort of say that you've really got this mind that's asking questions? >> first of all, it's to get to know more about the college, but also, the interview's a dialogue. it's not a one-way street, and that's going to engage you a little bit more. >> also, you say research the interviewer. that's interesting in this time of google. we can do that, can't we? >> we can, and we might find something out about their background and be able to use that to engage in that conversation. >> you went to that school, my mother did as well. you can create a relationship, and that's kind of what you're trying to do. >> exactly. >> also, you can rehearse. now, that's interesting, with a
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relative, i guess, or with a good girlfriend or guy friend. >> we tell students, you know, choose an adult, eighteenth a tea either a teacher or friend of a parent who you don't know that well who can go through questions with you so you're prepared. and you might want to save your first choice school last so you have time to interview at the other schools first, get that practice and then nail your top college. >> that is great advice. also fundamentals -- be on time, dress appropriately, like what? how do you dress appropriately? i tell students you want to dress nicer than you would for school. you don't need to dress in a suit and tie or anything, but definitely dress appropriately. be on time. you want to look the interviewer in the eye. don't fidget. and one of the most important things that students forget about because they get very nervous is smile. you know, be excited about that opportunity to interview and show them how enthusiastic you are about their school. >> yeah. it's kind of hard when you're under so much pressure to be relaxed and smile, but i think that's kind of the key is to realize, have that attitude that it's all going to be okay. >> exactly.
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♪ this morning on "eat this, not that," simple ways to slim down and save money without leaving your kitchen. david zinczenko is author of the "eat this, not that" series and now has branched out in a new book called "cook this, not that." david, good to see you. >> good to see you. happy new year. >> happy new year. a lot of people want to lose weight and save money, so good ways to do it. >> exactly. those are the biggest new years resolutions, save money and lose weight. how do you do it? you cook at home, hundreds of recipes that are lightning fast, simple, delicious and all kinds of cooking secrets. and what's great about that is you do it twice a week, you can end up losing 15 pounds in a year and saving thousands of dollars. >> all right. so, let's talk about the basics that every kitchen should have. you say there are five things your pantry needs to be stocked
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with. >> yeah, and these will help you fight hunger, get you thin and healthy, and they have a lot of flavor. you're like darth vader, you go to the dark side with dark chocolate. it's like a candy bar for your heart. and what's great is if you get a variety with 60% cocoa, it has nutrients that act as an antidepressant and also helps you lower blood pressure. so, you're going to get haeyeal and happy. you can nibble on it, you can sprinkle it over dessert, stir it into your chili. it's a great flavor enhancer. >> okay, great. canola oil, not olive oil. that's surprising. >> no, this is much better. if you cook with canola oil, you're going to save about $5 a bottle. >> right. >> it's just as heart healthy as olive oil, and you can cook with it at high temperatures. you can even fry with it so it's really great. i think popeye dumped olive oil to shack up with canola. >> okay, great, david. >> got to throw that in. >> next is a low-fat salad
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dressing? >> here's the thing, the difference between a good salad dressing and a bad salad dressing is 150 to 200 calories. so, you could save up to ten pounds a year by picking a good one. in this case, it's an organic buttermilk that's only 60 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat. >> a lot of people think buttermilk has a lot of fat, but it doesn't. >> it doesn't have to have it, and it's great for your pantry. >> kinwa, which is the grain of the moment. >> it sounds like a "star wars" character, i know, but what's great about it is it has double the protein and double the fiber of brown rice and cooks in half the time. >> it's so easy to make. >> so easy. >> boil it and you're done. >> plus, vitamins. >> okay, this is all natural peanut butter. >> here's the thing. the recipe for peanut butter is peanuts. the problem is, what we tend to have has tons of ingredients. >> hydrogenated oils. >> carb fillers, too much salt. so you go with something like this. i really like smucker's. it's healthy fats, it's 180 to
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200 calories for two tablespoons and it fills you up. >> okay. now, let's look at some standard meals, and first, one that a lot of us order at restaurants, chicken fingers, and very popular in the restaurant menu chain, and you found the amount of calories in this plate alone is what? >> it's 1,100 calories, and here's the thing, it's like, this is the equivalent of having like a couple dozen like munchkins. >> ew. >> it's not -- you could save 900 calories if you do it yourself with the recipe in "cook this, not that." you're going to use pure breast meat. >> this is the one you made. >> this is the serving size here. it's a couple hundred calories. you're going to use that and save 900 calories. you do that over the course of a year, just once a week, you're going to lose 15 pounds. >> of course, i look at this and look at that and say, of course you're going to save calories. >> you can almost eat this whole plate instead of the restaurant version. >> but you baked yours, too, and that's a big difference. >> that's a big difference. we ditched the deep-fryer, which
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is very important. >> over here, let's talk about our lunch and turkey sandwich. a lot of us think this is a healthy option, but not this one. >> well, the average restaurant version has 850 calories. it's like they waved a fat wand over the food. >> right. >> and the problem is, we think we're eating healthy and we're not. it's the equivalent of having 13 small three musketeers bars. >> wow. >> you'd almost be better off with a whopper with cheese and bacon. if you make it yourself -- you can do it in minutes, and it's -- >> and yours has bacon and guacamole -- >> it has bacon. we ditched the mayo for the guacamole. it has a little bit of cheese. it's 430 calories. so, you're still going to enjoy the bacon and the taste -- >> and there's cheese in there, so you're getting all of it. >> but you're losing hundreds of calories if you go with a version like that. >> also, the size is important as you can see. >> and the other issue is you're going to save money. it's going to bulk up your wallet, not your waistline. so you really should make a swap like this. >> one of my favorites, garfield's, too -- >> i love it. >> lasagna.
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and if you're ordering this at a restaurant, what is the shocker here in terms of calories for that? >> this is normally 750 calories. >> right. >> it's the equivalent of eight fried eggs or 22 strips of bacon. >> yuck, ew. >> so, but if you get something like no-boil noodles and you get chicken sausage and you make a couple of clever substitutions, you can bring that down to 400 calories, and you don't have to wait for a surly waiter or for your pager to vibrate. you can whip this stuff up in minutes. >> yeah, and a lot of people think, oh, you know, that may not be so easy to make, but you tried all of these recipes, you made them yourself? >> delicious, lightning quick, very simple. >> easier than a martha stewart recipe. >> yeah, she was four minutes. we can do it in three. martha, come on. >> come on, martha! the challenge is on. >> she's the best. >> the book is "cook this, not that." david zinczenko, thank you so much. happy new year to
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